Topic archives: Air New Zealand

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

August 15, 2017 2

Is Barnaby Joyce homesuck? ... how will Deborah O'Neill vote? ... taxpayer-funded campaigning ...

Business bites: rate rise looms … Air NZ blooms … nuclear power gloom …

Business bites: rate rise looms … Air NZ blooms … nuclear power gloom …

February 25, 2015 1

What France's financial meltdowns mean for nuclear power in Australia. And other business tidbits of the day.

Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

September 12, 2014 4

The good news is that Dreamliners aren't totally unsafe -- at least not more so than any other jet. But they aren't exactly a neurotic's dream either.

As Abbott cuts Qantas adrift, look to the airline share registers

As Abbott cuts Qantas adrift, look to the airline share registers

March 3, 2014 4

For all the gnashing of teeth and exhortations to action, the government has done very little about Qantas -- other than allowing Virgin to unfairly stack the deck.

Crikey Clarifier: how raw is Qantas’ deal compared with rivals?

Crikey Clarifier: how raw is Qantas’ deal compared with rivals?

February 21, 2014 11

Qantas execs say they're not operating on a level playing field. With their competitors getting plenty of goodies and subsidies from their governments they want some too. Do they have a point?

Moving mountains in Middle Earth: <em>Hobbit</em> lands with baggage

Moving mountains in Middle Earth: Hobbit lands with baggage

November 30, 2012

Blockbuster movie premieres don’t get any bigger than the opening of Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie. But the road to get here has been anything but smooth, writes Luke Buckmaster.

Air NZ’s 787 agony about to get worse

Air NZ’s 787 agony about to get worse

July 25, 2011

The comments made by Air New Zealand’s CFO Rob McDonald concerning ‘painful’ delays to its launch order for the Boeing 787-9 are regarded as the smoke rising from an issue that is about to ignite, reports Ben Sandilands.

Qantas A380 forced to divert after flying into ash danger zone

July 5, 2011 3

The ATSB has revealed that a Qantas Airbus A380 flew through one of the danger zones for 15 minutes about 210 kilometres north of Nadi, Fiji, just over a week ago.

August 24 will be a bloody day for Qantas

August 24 will be a bloody day for Qantas

June 23, 2011

It is rare for Qantas to reveal the performance of its passenger-carrying brands in isolation from each other. The current financial situation is so bad it threatens the very existence of Qantas as a group, says its CEO.

Virgin-Delta deal leaves Qantas at sixes and sevens over no 777s

May 11, 2011 4

Qantas finds itself surrounded on the once lucrative routes between Australia and the US by airlines that are capitalising on the biggest fleet blunder it ever made, in choosing NOT to buy Boeing 777s.

Air NZ in no-lose situation after move on Virgin

January 21, 2011 5

If the Air NZ purchase of 14.9% of Virgin Blue is a blocking move to prevent, say, Etihad from acquiring a significant interest in the carrier, it may well be thwarted by "unintended consequences".

Seeking Virginity: Air New Zealand buys into Virgin Blue

January 21, 2011

Air New Zealand's pursuit of a stake in Virgin Blue comes at a time when Richard Branson, who owns 26% of the Australian airline, is working the European finance media with stories confirming that he is prepared to sell down his 51% stake in the UK flag carrier Virgin Atlantic, reports Ben Sandilands.

New competitive realities for Australian airlines

December 17, 2010

The competitive topography of air transport in Australia has changed, with Virgin Blue gaining ACCC approval of a trans Tasman alliance with Air New Zealand and a provisional approval of its alliance with Abu Dhabi based Etihad, writes Ben Sandilands.

Does quirky social media sell airline seats?

Does quirky social media sell airline seats?

October 12, 2010

After a day of phone calls, texts and emails about Air NZ’s latest viral ad campaign, maybe this blog should help spread the virus. But will it win more customers than it alienates? asks Ben Sandilands.

Medium-term survival of Virgin Blue at risk

September 10, 2010

It’s backs to the wall time for Virgin Blue, with the ACCC today making a draft rejection of its proposed trans-Tasman route-sharing deal with Air New Zealand.

The end of “free” for frequent flyers

The end of “free” for frequent flyers

May 11, 2010

The airlines don’t want to give away flights for ‘free’ to frequent flyers anymore, they want to sell however many millions of points they care to mint out of thin air to third parties. What is left to look forward to? asks Ben Sandilands.

Virgin, Air NZ agreement a shaky truce on the shaky isles

May 3, 2010

Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand have come up with a proposed alliance that makes them friends across the Tasman and continued enemies inside New Zealand.

The iJet age begins

The iJet age begins

April 23, 2010

There will be four very different forms of ‘smart’ check-in procedures in domestic air travel by the end of this year, which should allow people who have checked in to board their flight right up to the moment the door is sealed. Ben Sandilands explains.

Single cabin short haul shake up

Single cabin short haul shake up

March 19, 2010

Another set of nails have been driven into the coffin of class distinctions and curtain partitioned cabins in short haul air travel, with Air New Zealand to offer single cabin services across the Tasman, writes Ben Sandilands.

Qantas’ annual fairytale lands

September 21, 2009 1

The Qantas 2009 annual report out this morning is served up with side dishes of amnesia and hope. And a big plan for restoring their reputation. Will it work?